Springorchid Files is my personal blog and learning project. I file information that interest me as well as learn and experiment with digital content creation and Internet marketing.
My current interests are knitting and my Christian faith.
1. My Knitting Category
My knitting story starts with learning to knit with a pair of knitting needles that belonged to my elder sister.
She attended a convent girls’ school that expected her to be a lady. This apparently included knitting. To say she has no talent is an understatement.
Her lack of talent aside, she was asked to knit, of all things, a pair of baby booties. How can a pair of booties be the right project for a beginner?
To cut the long story short, she wanted nothing to do with the needles after that year and so, I inherited it.
Learning to Knit
My late grandmother taught me how to craft. She knows how to cook, sew, crochet, and macramé. But she does not know how to knit.
I have to pick up knitting on my own through reading knitting books (no Internet nor Youtube yet). My sources are mostly public libraries and bookstores.
Living in Singapore, a crossroad between the East and the West, meant that I have access to both Asian and Western knitting books. I was exposed early on to the Japanese tradition and they tend to use a lot of charts and symbols. The Chinese knitting books take after the Japanese but with much less information and bad illustrations. Western knitting books have more written instructions and pictures.
I also found that the names of the sizes of needles and yarn weights differ between the East and West. Quite confusing. Abbreviations and diagrams in knitting books require “deciphering” too.
Knitting supplies in Singapore can be quite expensive. I used the knitting needles my sister left me and the cheap pink acrylic yarn she bought for the baby booties to practise for a long time.
I finally had enough money to go to my local yarn store to buy enough yarn to make a blouse. I still remember the yarn: it is cotton and orange in colour. My mum was my first “customer“. I knitted a blouse for her using a Japanese pattern with a lace front. My finishing wasn’t very good, I must admit. My mum said she looked fat in it and so it got relegated to the bottom of a cupboard together with the knitting needles and yarn.
In the interim years, I tried out other types of crafts like sewing, crocheting and cross-stitching.
My knitting mojo came back when I stumbled upon Ravelry.com and met some really passionate and knowledgeable people in my vicinity as well as overseas. They introduced me to great yarns, nice needles and beautiful projects. Now, I knit more often.
A Tropical and Practical Knitter
I live in Singapore, a little tropical island in Southeast Asia. Winter knitting is not very appropriate or useful to me. I usually have to pick patterns that can be used in summer hot Singapore.
I consider myself a practical knitter. I like knitting things that are useful, not just ornamental.
A Tinker and Frogger
I find that I frog and tinker (frog one stitch at a time) a lot at the beginning of a project. I don’t know why I always make mistakes at the start of the project. But there are times that I just wanted to try out different methods to achieve a look I felt I can get. Understandably, it takes me a much longer time to complete something.
One of the more time-consuming activities of a knitter is looking for knitting patterns to knit. I started compiling and annotating knitting patterns that I come across that I find interesting and may someday knit. Occupational hazard I guess. I am a librarian after all.
I also make notes of patterns that I have tried and sometimes I feel the need to re-write or fill in more details to make the instructions easier to follow. I find WordPress a suitable way to post these compilations, annotations, and designs. So, my Knitting Drawer is born.
2. My Quiet Time Category
In the Book of Luke 24:13-36, on the way from Jerusalem to Emmaus, Jesus met Cleopas and his companion. It was also the first day that Jesus was raised bodily. They hadn’t heard the news of His resurrection. They didn’t recognize Jesus and He didn’t tell them who He is. As they walked, Jesus explained the things which are written about Him in the Law of Moses, Prophets, and Psalms.
The object of this story for me is the importance of seeing Jesus in the Scriptures. Proverbs 4:20-22 outlined the effect of spending time with the Word,
My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. 21 Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. 22 For they [are] life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.Proverbs 4:20-22
In my quiet time, I try to find Jesus in the scriptures. He said that it will be life and health to the reader as was promised in Proverbs 4:20-22. This has been true for me. Whenever I received revelations during my personal bible study, I felt warm, happy and well. The Lord’s words are like medicine without side effects.
However, I also remembered times when bible reading was dry and boring. Again, the Emmaus Road event in Luke 24:13-36 encouraged me. Cleopas and his companion were discouraged and sad. Jesus Himself drew near to them. Even though they do not understand the heart and plan of God, Jesus did not give up on them. He is eager to teach and help them understand.
Therefore, I should not give up my quiet time but press on. Even if the bible passage does not make sense because Jesus will definitely draw near and explain it to me. I like the part about Jesus drawing near to me. 🙂
I file my personal Bible study notes in this category.
3. Worship Songs and Lyrics Category
1Shout for joy to Yahweh, all you lands!Psalm 100:1-5
2Serve Yahweh with gladness. Come before his presence with singing.
3Know that Yahweh, he is God. It is he who has made us, and we are his. We are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
4Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him, and bless his name.
5For Yahweh is good. His loving kindness endures forever, his faithfulness to all generations.
I file the worship songs that helped me enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise in this category.
What does Springorchid mean?
Springorchid is made up of 2 words: Spring and Orchid. It is a straightforward translation of my Chinese name: 春兰.
Growing up, I was told that the meaning of my name is just some flowers in the springtime. A teacher once told me that it is a common practice for the uneducated to name children after natural objects and seasons. It is true that many domestic helpers in feudal China bear similar names.
Much later, I found out that 春兰 is the Chinese name of an orchid species known as Cymbidium goeringii. It is also known as the Noble orchid (by Confucius) and there are several variations.
It is a small plant, with small fragrant flowers. It grows on the ground in temperate regions like Japan, China and the Korean peninsula.
I don’t think my father knew about this association when he gave me my name. But it is nice to share my name with a beautiful fragrant orchid.